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TSTC-Marshall celebrates 20 years

By Hannah DeClerk hdeclerk@news-journal.com
June 25, 2012 at 11 p.m.


MARSHALL - Texas State Technical College-Marshall celebrated 20 years in education this past week.

TSTC-Marshall, along with the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce, co-hosted a celebration event on the TSTC-Marshall campus June 21 to show off the progress of the institution since it was first established.

"As you can tell we have come a long way in 20 years," said event coordinator Baily Briggs. "And we wanted to give people a chance that may have played a major role in the production of TSTC to view how far we have come."

According to Briggs, Texas State Technical College, created by the 59th Texas Legislature in 1965 as James Connally Technical Institute (JCTI), was established to meet the evolving workforce needs of Texas' business and industry community.

The first campus was established on the soon-to-be closed James Connally Air Force Base in Waco. Then Gov. John Connally predicted the institute would be, "the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country."

TSTC-Marshall President Randall Wooten said Marshall officials and residents played a major role in attracting the institution.

"Basically TSTC is here because Marshall really wanted it," Wooten said. "And with that kind of foundation to build on it is not hard to see that Marshall and TSTC-Marshall have a relationship the way we do."

In 1991, the Texas Legislature elevated the status of the institutions by designating them two-year technical colleges with the name Texas State Technical College.

The Marshall extension of the Waco campus was established with strong support from the City of Marshall, the Marshall Economic Development Corp., and the surrounding East Texas communities, Wooten said.

On Sept. 1, 1999, the Marshall center was officially designated a stand-alone campus by the Texas Legislature, and it became known as Texas State Technical College Marshall.

Classes began on the Marshall campus in the fall of 1992.

"MEDCO was created as a conduit in the community to recruit and bring TSTC to Marshall, said MEDCO Executive Director Donna Maisel said.

She said she could not be more thrilled about how the investment in the institution has paid off, and considers its success to be a community success story.

"We are pleased to be a partner in this and celebrate with them for their success," she said.

The Marshall Chamber of Commerce also played a major role in bringing TSTC to Marshall, according to Connie Ware, chamber CEO.

"We started on this project first of all we weren't sure if it was going to happen, there were too many road blocks. We knew once we got it it would be wonderful," Ware said.

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